NHV extends contract with Ithaca by five years


NHV Group, a Belgian-based business-to-business helicopter services provider, announced on Monday (June 15th) it has signed a five-year extension to its offshore contract with oil and gas exploration company Ithaca Energy UK, writes Yves Le Marquand.

The Belgian firm will continue to provide services out of its Scottish base in Dyce, Aberdeen to Ithaca’s operated FPF-1 installation, Alba, Captain and Erskine fields in the North Sea. The extension, starting in January 2021, also covers seven-day-a-week coverage, said NHV. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Jamie John, NHV’s base manager in Aberdeen, said: “We are extremely pleased with this important agreement, further strengthening our solid partnership with Ithaca Energy. This extension is a direct result of NHV’s continued commitment to safety and top-class service for our client and their passengers. We thank Ithaca Energy for their continued trust in NHV and we look forward to supporting them in the years ahead.”

NHV will provide two H175 aircraft for this operation, acting as a primary and backup. The H175 aircraft, a 7t Airbus Helicopter’s super medium type is specifically designed to meet evolving mission needs in the oil and gas industry. In service since 2015, Airbus designed the H175 with the support of oil companies and helicopter operators.

At a glance: Airbus H175

  • Top speed: 184mph (296 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 173mph (278 km/h)
  • Range: 748 miles (1,204 km)
  • Wingspan: 15m
  • Engine type: Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6.